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Bangladesh: Ban on Trade Union Activity Relaxed

(Sept. 10, 2008) On September 7, 2008, Bangladesh's Interim Government relaxed certain emergency rules to allow limited trade union activity. Trade union activity, along with political activities and street protests, were banned in January 2007 when a state of emergency was declared by the Interim Government following months of political violence. On September 7, the Bangladesh Home Ministry announced that in accordance with the Bangladesh Labor Act 2006, the government has relaxed the ban on activities of trade unions in industries, commercial institutions, ports and factories. Labor organizations and trade unions will now be allowed to hold meetings inside their offices, conduct meetings of not more than 100 people upon notifying the police at least 48 hours in advance, and hold gatherings of not more than 500 people upon obtaining permission from the government. (Trade Unionism Allowed on a Limited Scale, DAILY STAR, Sept. 8, 2008, available at